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SGU Episode 459
April 26th 2014
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SGU 458 SGU 460
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.'
Thomas Jefferson
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • April 26, 1803: L’Aigle meteorite

News Items ()[edit]

Food Babe Strikes Again ()[edit]

Dream Weaver ()[edit]

Super Mantis Shrimp ()[edit]

Motivated Memory ()[edit]

Silverstone Goes McCarthy ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Clown Fish

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Fuel From Seawater ()[edit]

Is there any truth to this story that's been floating around Facebook?I know 'around Facebook' frequently ends with the conclusion of 'no'–it's complete bullshit.The story is that the US Navy has 'found a new fuel source' and that this is 'the end of big oil'and all that other over-the-top rhetoric; however, considering that this is an effort that theUS has been attempting since the beginning of the previous century, I figured it would beinteresting to look into.Article:,Part-time Wannabe Skeptic Poser, full-time lecturer–Dan O.

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • Name That Logical Fallacy
I'm either confused or really angry, help me out:So I could take the two seconds to Google this question and confirm my anger, but I thought you might want to take a moment to discuss this on the show. I've been hearing on TV, news articles, and the ilk lately: 'Well, we can't do x because x is a slippery slope to y.' Am I going insane? Isn't the slippery slope argument a logical fallacy? Aren't they essentially explicitly stating that their argument is fallacious IN THEIR EFFING ARGUMENT!?Help me out here Rogues.Thanks,Eliot Silbar

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Research shows that people will take longer to leave a parking space if they see someone is waiting for the spot. Item #2: New research indicates that deliberate breeding likely played little role in the domestication of animals. Item #3: Scientists have finally explained the source of the mysterious southern ocean sound known as the “bio-duck” – the sound is produced by hydrothermal vents.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.'-Thomas Jefferson

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